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A stunning contemporary villa with huge infinity edge pool & panoramic sea views



Updated: 04-Sep-2016
Country villa near Olhao, Eastern Algarve, Portugal - Peaceful rural location within easy reach of tranquil beaches, markets, restaurants, wildlife area.

Quinta do Pica-Pau is a stunning new build house situated among the natural almond groves in a part of the Algarve that still remains largely unspoilt by tourism. An easy 15 minute drive from Airport, 15 minutes from Faro and just 5 minutes from the bustling town of Olhao with its daily fish and vegetable market. The villa provides vast, luxurious, ultra modern accommodation on one level with a design that fills with natural light. The full width south facing concertina glass doors open fully leading seamlessly directly onto the terrace to enjoy stunning, uninterrupted views through the almond orchards to the sea. One button activates electronic shutters throughout the property allowing complete security and peace of mind when out. A sail shaded outdoor eating area fringes the impressive 16x5 meter infinity edged solar heated pool with its integrated seating area for those wishing to cool off and relax while others enjoy lengths. Massive open plan living area with indoor dining for ten and three huge sofas facing towards the sea. Simple contemporary furniture and fittings. The very latest B&O sound system. Four spacious double bedrooms all en-suite and with direct access to an individual terrace each with picturesque views. The large roof terrace with comfortable sofa seating enjoys 360 degree uninterrupted panoramic views - a perfect place to enjoy evening drinks. The basement provides a large cinema room with football table, music system and two huge leather sofas. Wi-fi included. The modern build is designed to keep naturally cool in summer and very cosy and warm in the winter months with a huge fire place and heating for added warmth.

Please note - we will always offer significant discounts to parties of four or less. This villa is not suitable for young children who are not competent swimmers.

More Details
  • Sleeps 8
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 5 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Swimming pool
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided
  • Bookable online

Top Traveller Review

About the Owner

Professional and meticulous in attention to detail and high standards.

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Guestbook comments from the owner

Our party of 6 adults spent an idyllic two weeks at the villa in September 2013. The photos DO NOT do this justice! It is a stunning villa - incredibly comfortable with every attention to detail carefully considered. A magical location - we will certainly be returning next year! Brian McGrath
Oct 2012
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3 Reviews

based on 3 holidaymaker reviews


Perfect villa; an instantly relaxing place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We would definitely recommend this villa and would love to stay here again! Every wish has been thought of here and the villa is instantly relaxing because of this. The location is very quiet but there are lots of lovely places to visit - from Olhao, we got the boat to Farol Island; Faro beach, Faro old town and Estoi are all beautiful (do visit the gift shop opposite the church in Estoi). A truly relaxing place to stay. Actually better than described and pictured (and it's not often that you can say that). Excellent communication through booking etc. Thank you!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 28, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind words. Delighted you enjoyed your stay in our villa and very much look forward to your return visit.
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  • 5 of 5

we enjoyed a fantastic 2 weeks here at this contemporary, modern villa which is surrounded by olive groves but is not too remote - 10 minute drive into Olhao with all of its wonderful restaurants and amazing fish market. the villa has a great pool and all mod cons - the cinema room was used on several occasions as well. the set up of the villa with its folding door system makes you feel outside even when you are enjoying the comfortable sofas indoors.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 25, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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Stunning country villa

  • 5 of 5

This villa is absolutely fantastic. Situated amongst orchards in the countryside , but not too remote. You do need a car , but only a 10-15 minute drive into Olhao which is full of good restaurants and a great daily fish market.

The villa itself is very modern and contemporary - fitted out beautifully with one wall installed with clever folding doors which gives you the feeling of being outside even when indoors.

Fresh coffee machine , great cinema room and very large pool combine to appeal to all ages and tastes.We enjoyed the best holiday we have had in Europe and have already booked a return visit.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 21, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2014
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are delighted you enjoyed your holiday with us last year and look forward to your visit this summer when we hope you will enjoy all the finishing touches to the house as well as the beautiful gardens.
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From the Owner

As soon as we came on our first holiday to this part of the Algarve in 1999 we knew that this is where we would build our dream villa. In 2004 we bought the 15 000 m2 plot of land and started planning. So why the Eastern Algarve - where do I start? - unspoilt by tourism and still very Portuguese - ultra modern design - peaceful and rural - huge 16 meter infinity edge solar heated pool - 360 degree unspoilt views - in the heart of the stunning Ria de Formosa natural park - everything you need for a relaxing, fun and memorable holiday is within a short car ride Please note: we will always offer significant discounts to parties of four adults or less.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : Faro at 10 Miles Nearest Barpub : Olhao at 1 Kilometres Nearest Ferry : Olhao at 1 Kilometres Nearest Train : Olhao at 1 Kilometres Nearest Motorway : at 3 Kilometres Nearest Beach : Fusetta at 2 Miles


Huge range of stunning white, sandy beaches to choose from, all within easy reach including the traffic free islands of Farol and Armona which are a short ferry ride from Olhao. Windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, snorkeling, canoeing all available locally. Nearest beach by car is max 10 mins away (Fuseta).


20 mins drive from Faro airport. Car hire recommended but local taxis and buses to Olhao and Pechao village within walking distance.


Pechao - 5 minute drive

Olhao - 10 minute drive

Faro - 15 minute drive

Nearest beach - 10 minute drive

Nearest restaurants - 5 minute drive

Nearest golf - 25 minute drive

Sailing/water sports - 15 minute drive

Further Details:

All local amenities are available in Olhao including ferries to traffic free beach islands of Ria Formosa.


Rental rates

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Late Summer
5 Sep 2016 - 30 Oct 2016
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
31 Oct 2016 - 4 Mar 2017
5 night minimum stay
for 5 nights
Early Summer
5 Mar 2017 - 24 Jun 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
Summer 2017 peak
25 Jun 2017 - 2 Sep 2017
Changeover Day: Saturday
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights
My Standard Rate
7 night minimum stay
for 7 nights

Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Refundable Damage Deposit £500

Booking Notes:
Generous discounts will always be made for parties of four or less.
Confirm booking dates by phone or e-mail.
Booking forms will then be sent and the reservation held whilst awaiting the deposit by post.
Deposit of 50% required at time of booking with the balance due 12 weeks before holiday.
Damages deposit of £500 due 12 weeks prior to holiday. This will be refunded 2 weeks after date of departure.

Changeover Day:
Saturday usually but negotiable depending on other bookings.

Notes on prices:
Reductions will always be considered for smaller parties.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.
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Updated: 04-Sep-2016
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From the Owner

Peace and tranquility in a modern, spacious, naturally lit environment.Total relaxation. Stunning 360 views. Not overlooked. Please note: we will always offer significant discount for parties of four adults or less.

Property Type

  • villa


  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine


  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster


  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area


  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Table Football
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library

Pool / Spa

  • Heated Pool
  • Private Pool ...


  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • suitable for elderly or infirm

Location Type

  • beach
  • near the sea
  • rural
  • village
  • waterfront

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • paddle boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • mountain biking
  • sailing
  • snorkelling
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing


  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 2 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure
  • Bathroom 3 - Toilet, Bath (no shower), Shower Enclosure, Bidet
  • Shower room 1 - Shower Enclosure
  • Shower room 2 - Shower Enclosure
  • All bedrooms have en-suite bath and or shower rooms with underfloor heating. Hot water on demand. There is a fifth large shower room with disabled access.


  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • Bedroom 1
  • Bedroom 2
  • Bedroom 3
  • Bedroom 4
  • Description of sleeping capacity: Sleeps 8 (4 Bedrooms) Notes on bedrooms: All en-suite. Two bedrooms have king size beds. Two have twin beds. All have large wardrobes and dressing tables with hairdryers. All bedrooms have large glass doors opening on to individual terraces each enjoying unbroken views.


  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Garden ...
  • Barbecue ...
  • Water Sports Gear
  • 1 bicycles


  • Self-catering


  • Notes on accommodation: This property is not suitable for babies, toddlers and young children who are not competent swimmers. Outside: Totally secluded from all sides. Electronic gates and shutters centrally controlled for speed and security. South facing with stunning sea views. 360 degree views. Landscaping in keeping with natural surrounds. Private solar heated pool - 16x5 infinity edge pool Individual terraces for each bedroom. Permanent shaded outside dining area with stunning sea views. Solar heated shower. Loungers, hammocks and sun umbrellas. Large gas BBQ. Spacious roof terrace with 360 degree views. Almond orchards. Utility Room: Large load washing machine with short cycle (ideal for beach towels!) Iron and ironing board. Cleaning / Towels / Linen / Maid service: 8 luxury bath and hand towels included as well as 8 beach/pool towels. Full clean weekly - more if requested. Welcome pack - beer, wine, bread, butter, juice and milk - please specify Management team available 24/7 for emergencies or local information. Other: Spacious and funky TV/cinema room with football table. Shaded outside dining area, pool side plus large gas BBQ. Glass fronted roof terrace ideal for evening drinks and enjoying the amazing sea views. Outside shower. Free internet througout.

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